As with most of the earlier reviewers, this, too, is my first Tim Bowler book. Actually, I swapped it for another crime thriller not knowing that this is for teenagers, though just where in that age related description it fits is hard to determine.
However, after the first chapter or so it's clear that the writing is well constructed for younger readers so I guess I'm not the age group he's looking for. That said, I can't really imagine this to be a chilling story even for teenagers. It smacks of the Famous Five in parts with the added flavour of today's penchant for all things mysterious and unexplained.
A young girl with visions? Okay, that's fine. It happens but just where the final outcome is comes from is a well guarded secret, so the convenient explanation seemed rather curious and spoilt what was a rather endearing storyline - if you suspend most of your disbelief. I've never gone much for the 'haunted house' scenario, that being rather in the minds of those affected. I'm not sure, either that I was fully convinced the local police would talk in the way they do in this book. I'm darn sure our local police wouldn't. As for the older woman and very much younger boy/man, well, I concede I'm not into that mindset but it did appear somewhat random.
And the young girl's brother? I'm glad my brother wasn't like that; I'd have left home with a knotted handkerchief tied to a long pole holding all my worldly goods.
Finally, the title: I thought I'd grasped its meaning and then decided I hadn't. Call me decisive? No, don't
Still, maybe 3 stars is a bit mean but 4 stars is too much. I do wish Amazon would allow the scoring of books out of ten rather than 5.